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A Life-Long Approach to Physical Activity for Brain Health. Introduction It is predicted that by 2050, the global population of older people, in both developed and developing countries, will more than double, reaching nearly 2.1 billion (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division, 2015).

A Life-Long Approach to Physical Activity for Brain Health

The number of people aged 80 years or over is increasing at an even faster rate, resulting in a growing number of indivduals living for longer with significant disability, reduced quality of life and multiple chronic conditions (Prince et al., 2015). As a consequence of rapid population aging, there is a rising prevalence of age-related neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD; Reitz et al., 2011; Wirdefeldt et al., 2011). To reduce the burden of disease attributable to these disorders, attention should be paid to optimizing early life brain development to promote life-long neuronal enrichment, and maximize neuroplasticity and cognition (Prince et al., 2015).

Future Challenges. Hidden Diamonds Uncovering the true value of sport volunteers. Regular physical activity builds healthy bones for life. When we think of the benefits of physical activity, we often think of cardiovascular health and reducing our risk of chronic disease.

Regular physical activity builds healthy bones for life

We forget that it is important for skeletal health too. A recent article highlighted the findings of a study from the University of British Columbia which revealed how important it is for youth to have healthy bones, and the long-term health risks that can result if bones are not strong. Low levels of physical activity in childhood and adolescence put children and teens at risk for fractures throughout life and osteoporosis later in life.

In other words, sitting around a lot will make your bones weak and more prone to breaking. In the article, study co-author Dr. According to Dr. “Our bones respond to everything we do from the time we’re born and I think the investment has to happen now,” she said. 6 Science-Backed Ways Exercise Benefits The Body And Brain. Participation in a weight management program reduces job absenteeism. Individuals with obesity who enrolled in a structured weight loss program report fewer hours missed from work after six months in the program, according to a study being presented Sunday at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Participation in a weight management program reduces job absenteeism

"A concern shared by both employers and employees is that time spent in the program attending the physician and dietitian visits, and the vigilance required to maintain lifestyle modifications, might diminish time and productivity on the job," said Jennifer Iyengar, M.D., the study's lead author and an endocrinology fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. "However, we found that participation in our program was highly valued and had a positive impact at work. " The total economic cost of obesity in the U.S. includes indirect costs, such as missed time from work, lost productivity at work and premature death due to obesity-related health problems, research shows. More Active Kids Could Save U.S. Billions in Health Costs: Study: MedlinePlus Health News. (*this news item will not be available after 07/30/2017) By Robert Preidt Monday, May 1, 2017.

More Active Kids Could Save U.S. Billions in Health Costs: Study: MedlinePlus Health News

ReconomicsPlusReport Value of Outdoor Recreation. Study shows the alarming cost of early childhood obesity. Australian parents have access to a "unique window of opportunity" to influence their children's behaviours that can not only bring short-term health benefits, but also affect health for the rest of their lives.

Study shows the alarming cost of early childhood obesity

The boosts aren't just to be had on a personal level either, with new research suggesting a change in approach could have a significant positive impact on the costs passed on to the taxpayer through the public health system. One in five Australian children are overweight or obese by the time they start school, with about 5 per cent of children aged between two and four years classified as obese. New research published on Monday in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health estimates the direct public health burden attributed to early childhood obesity to be worth as much as $17 million annually. Sport is more than just a fringe player in Australia’s economy.

In strictly statistical terms, the Australian sport and physical recreation sector is a “fringe player” in the national economic game.

Sport is more than just a fringe player in Australia’s economy

Sport and Rec Industries WorkForce Scan Skills Active Dec2016. Art may highlight the human condition, but sport matters too - Sport. Opinion Updated I went to a Nick Cave gig the other day.

Art may highlight the human condition, but sport matters too - Sport

It was one of the most powerful shows I've ever seen; one of the most emotional. How could it not be? My thoughts were preoccupied by thoughts for the man on stage, whose 15-year-old son, Arthur, fell from a cliff to his death in July 2015, completely disoriented after taking LSD. That unthinkable tragedy is ever present in the album that Cave subsequently released last year, The Skeleton Tree. No doubt it was in the thoughts of all those people who have seen Cave on this Australian tour and literally reached out their hands to him as if to offer comfort. Interactive body map: physical inactivity and the risks to your health. Uncovering the social value of sport (UK) Savings, Longevity and the Year in Fitness. There were other lessons in this year’s exercise research, of course.

Savings, Longevity and the Year in Fitness

Some of the most compelling involved advances in our understanding of how exercise may change our bodies invisibly but pervasively. A February study, for instance, involved mice with a high risk of developing melanoma. If those animals ran moderately on wheels, their immune systems changed in ways that enabled them to combat the cancer. They produced more of a type of immune cell known to fight malignancies than did sedentary animals and were much less likely to develop invasive disease. Exercise, in other research this year, also was shown to prompt muscles to release substances that wind up changing the structure and function of the brain.

Fat cells likewise were transformed by exercise, another study found. So exercise, according to this finding, may contribute to metabolic health by producing a hormone that can brown human fat. By adulthood, the inactive, all-you-can-eat animals were rotund. Case studies - contribution of sport to regional development. Running makes you smarter – here’s how. As far back as the Greeks and Romans, humans have documented the belief that there is a strong link between exercise and intelligence.

Running makes you smarter – here’s how

But in the last two decades, neuroscience has begun to catch up with Thales and Juvenal’s idea that a sound mind flourishes in a healthy body. While the studies unite in telling us that running will makes us smarter, it is only partly true. Physical exercise improves memory retention. The economic and social value of sport and recreation to nz. The Economic and Social Value of Sport and Recreation to New Zealand » Managing sport » Sport New Zealand. Sport & Belonging Exploring connections to the community. Sport & Belonging - Community Foundations of Canada.

Social Return on Investment in Sport Final SIRC SROI England Web report. The social value of sport. Issued:19/04/16.

The social value of sport

Elements to take into consideration when evaluating SW value proposition (value of sport and recreation) Skills Active Sport & Recreation Industries Workforce Scan 2016 (paid & volunteer) Changing the Game Project. In February 2016 I was speaking at an all day workshop in Montrose CO, and as I was finishing my morning setup the participants began arriving. It was the usual collection of coaches, parents, city recreation administrators, city officials and some younger kids decked out in the gear of their respective sports team. Then another group of teenagers walked in with a gentleman that I figured must be their coach, although something about this group made me pause. They took a seat in the front of the room, and I went over and introduced myself, and had a great talk with a bunch of the kids and their coach Bryant.

I asked if they were all on a team together, and they said no, we live together. Physical inactivity cost the world $67bn in 2013 says first ever estimate. A world-first study has revealed that in 2013, physical inactivity cost INT $67.5 billion* globally in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity, revealing the enormous economic burden of an increasingly sedentary world.

This study provides the first-ever global estimate of the financial cost of physical inactivity by examining the direct health-care cost, productivity losses, and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for five major non-communicable diseases attributable to inactivity: coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer. Based on data from 142 countries, representing 93.2 per cent of the world’s population, the researchers conservatively estimated that in 2013 the effect of physical inactivity on these diseases and all-cause mortality cost the world economy more than INT$67.5 billion. “Based on our data, physical inactivity costs the global economy INT67.8 billion in 2013, with Australia footing a bill of more than AUD $805 million. Clearinghouse : Economic Contribution of Sport. Introduction The measurement of the sport sector’s economic contribution to the broader Australian economy is multi-layered.